Feeling blue

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Yesterday Lennart and I planned a shopping trip to Antwerp in Belgium. Normally it takes you about one and a half hour to drive there from Arnhem, but we got stuck in traffic and we arrived there so late that we only had a few hours left before all the stores closed. Luckily I succeeded to find what my main goal was during this shopping spree: a winter coat! I did some research online and found at least four coats on the & Other Stories website and decided that it should become one of those, but once I got there and tried them on they were all waaaaay too big (even in 34!). A bit disappointed I left the store and walked straight into COS on the other side of the street where I found this blue crossover wool coat. As I tried it on I felt in love with it right away. It’s slightly oversized and the color is just… wow! So glad I took it home with me.

More about our (short) trip to Antwerp later.

Jeans and shirt – Zara
Shoes – Uterqüe
Coat – COS
Bag – MAX&Co.
Sunglasses – WE
Earrings – Modemusthaves

Shopping diary

Lately I have been feeling a little uninspired when it comes to blogging, even though I have lots of things to show.
Lennart and I have done some serious shopping for the house, but also for ourselves. Since Summer is now making its entrance we put our priorities into finding some furniture for our backyard. We thought long and hard about what we wanted in our backyard and we have considered lounge sofa’s a lot, but in the end we figured that we probably want to have dinner outside on summer days, so we went with a dinner table.

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We found this table and chairs at IKEA. We tried to find something in smaller, private stores at first, but in the end this style suited our backyard most. And with the good weather arriving this weekend we had dinner outside yesterday night!

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Also we bought this outdoor rug by Rough Rugs at L4 Interieur to add a little more color to it. The rugs are made from recycled plastic, but feels and looks like cotton. The idea is to place two sun beds on the wooden part along with the pug- I mean rug!

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When it comes to my wardrobe, I finally found brought some variation in there. Lately I was getting bored by all the dresses that were just hanging there. I mean, I still like them, but not to wear every day. This is what I bought:

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White shorts and shirt from H&M
Triangle bra and brief from Stella McCartney (viola dozing)
Pureboost running shoes from Adidas by Stella McCartney

Also I got this super heavy Zara statement piece from Lennart.

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So for the rest of the month I should avoid coming near to any kind of shop – ah, that’s going to be one difficult test.

Promise that from now on I’ll start posting more frequently again!

Love,
Chloé

Anti-chic inspiration

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This Friday Lennart and I are heading for Berlin to spend the weekend there and to celebrate my birthday (31 March). I have never been to Berlin, but I have been hearing so many good things about this city! Of course it’s all about the parties, it’s hip, relaxed, everyone is in a “go with the flow” state of mind. Even (the Dutch) Vogue wrote something like ‘forget about Paris, Berlin is where you want to be’. Anti-chic they called it.

Now my problem is that whenever I go for a city break, I freak out completely about what I am going to wear. I mean even more that normally, because 1) I don’t want to look like a tourist 2) I want to look like I know my fashion 3) but I want to be comfortable and 4) warm 5) I want to look good in pictures.
I know I am terrible.
And even worse; everything I wear has to fit into the city’s style. So in this case “anti-chic” is the word that keeps haunting me. Last Sunday I even wore my Nike’s along with really comfy sweatpants and a soft sweater as I went to the centre of Arnhem to do some groceries. Just to get that anti-chic feel as a sort of Berlin tryout. And yes, seeing myself in the window reflection, this was exactly the feeling that I was getting. Not me! Not me!
Oh, why can’t comfort and stylish go together?

Of course the internet proved me wrong later that night. Comfort and style can go together and anti-chic can be quite chic if you ask me – you just have to dare mixing them up!
This will be my packing-inspiration 🙂

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Stella McCartney Adidas collection

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Ok, I’m not really the sporty type. As a matter of fact I’m more of a ‘I’ll have a medium Quarter pounder menu with mayonaise, a Sprite, a small chicken wrap and a sundae with caramel please’ type.
However, I did start following yoga classes (again) and as we all know yoga, or any kind of sport, isn’t about mindfulness and/or body work out at all. It’s about being fashionable! And the Stella McCartney Adidas collection is seriously making me drool. I’m joking about the sports being about fashion part… but come on, I’m sure that with an outfit like Stella’s I’ll be working out all day!

What kind of sports do you do?

 

Latest obsession: Loren Hope

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If you REALLY want to make a statement, Loren Hope is the one to go with. Her website is like a candy shop! Each piece of Loren Hope jewelry is carefully crafted in the USA individually by hand with traditional jewelry making techniques and is guaranteed against flaws in workmanship. Loren Barham, designer, gets her inspiration from vintage jewelry, antiques and relics from the past.  “The colors, craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail in vintage jewelry are constant inspirations for me.”
Ah… what else do you need this summer?

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Perfect Pippa!

Perfect Pippa!

Ps. Loren Hope is also my insta-favourite!

Love at first sight: ODEEH

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As I was making my way back to the store where I work, after a quick visit at Skins Cosmetics, my attention got caught by the most gorgeous pink floral sweater in the window display of Pauw. Pauw is known to be somewhat of a classic store for the fancier ladies in this town who know how to spend well and normally I don’t care too much for this store, but today the force of this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G sweater sucked me inside. As I entered a lovely sales attendant with the biggest smile ever came up to me to ask if she could be of any assistance. I told her I wanted to have a look at the sweater (the price of it, but I did not mention that) and she clapped her hands together right as I said it.
‘Oh yes, beautiful isn’t it? It’s by a German label called ODEEH, have you ever heard of it?’
I shake my head. She continues: ‘Beautiful beautiful collection! For example this shirt which combines really well with this silk scarf and this coat.’
I was loving all of it!
‘And the sweater?’ I informed carefully. ‘What is the price of it?’
She takes a look at the pricetag and then turns it around so I can’t see it. I’m praying in my head: two hundred, please let it be two hundred…
‘Five hundred and eighty euro. It’s truly something you don’t see a lot around here.’
The price is making me sweat. I want it so bad!
‘Would you like to try it on? Maybe with the skirt?’
‘Thank you very much,’ I answer the attendant. ‘But I’m actually working right now. I will come back on a free day and take my time to try on these lovely pieces.’ And rob a bank or something. We do some more of that smiling and nodding and thanking like we are in Japan and I run back to work.

So the latest obsession: ODEEH.

German label since 2008 by Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich.  They say it’s brave, creative, eclectic, sometimes casual, elegant, occasionally formal and strict.
I say it’s simply gorgeous.

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Got Milk? Olympia Le-Tan does!

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As I was reading a fashion magazine a few weeks ago at my hairdresser, there was this particular bag in a street style item that immediately caught my attention. The bag was a milk box! Who was making these fabulous bags? It said “Olympia Le-Tan” under the picture. Of course I had to check it out their website as soon as I was done.

It says in her bio that Olympia Le-Tan (born in London, raised in Paris and likes to say she is English, French and Vietnamese) is a self-taught fashion designer who started her career at Chanel. In 2009 she launched her eponymous accessories label, combining her two obsessions, embroidery (a talent she inherited from her grand-mother), and literature (a passion she shares with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan) to create one of a kind handbags and minaudières. The bags are handmade with love in France in very limited editions.

Looking at these handbags make me feel like a little girl again.
Yes, I need one.

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MAX&Co lookbook spring – summer 2014

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Ever since I discovered MAX&Co in Lecce, Italy last summer I am a huge fan. A by huge I mean HUGE.
MAX&Co is an Italian brand which belongs to the Max Mara group. It has that Max Mara feeling to it, but with a much better price tag. It’s young, but not in a teenager way, it’s stylish but fun and very on style. It’s pretty much everything you wish for when you are in your late twenties (I’m turning 29 in March) and look for something that says a little bit more “woman” than “girl”.

Today they released the spring – summer 2014 lookbook and I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection. There’s just one down side: the nearest MAX&Co store is in Brussels…  oh well, a long weekend Brussels is not that bad!

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Leopard inspiration

I have always been a fan of animal and especially leopard print. Lucky for me the leopard made a major comeback last year and seems to be staying around for a while. Now we all know that if you don’t combine your leopard print with the right items you might end up looking a bit tacky. I love mixing it up with some gold accessories (but obviously not too much), a beige trench coat or a grey oversized sweater.  Tartan and animal works together surprisingly good!
Here’s some inspration that will make you rrrrooar.

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Marais USA Lucky T Tigers eye flats

Marais USA Lucky T Tigers eye flats

Vanilia sunglasses

Vanilia sunglasses

Me wearing H&M sweater, Nudie jeans and Finds leopard loafers.

Me wearing H&M sweater, Nudie jeans and Finds leopard loafers.